This is a list ofdocuments available to the compiler of this web-site. Older items are being copied to archive on this site (after the patter of Project Gutenburg), in rtf format. Some of the material below is supplemented by sketch maps and diagrams. We plan to augment the older books with these to make them more accessible to the modern reader.

Methodism on the Leek Circuit (The Leek Wesleyan Methodist Centenary Book, 1853) compiled by Rev J. B. Dyson

This was published to commemorate 100 years of Methodism in Leek, and is a treasure of early infomation.

Primitive Methodism in the Leek Moorlands by W. H. Simcock

Still in copyright. Produced here by kind permission of the author. For private study only. Please do not copy

Autobiography of Mrs. Hester Ann Rogers (Roe) described as one of the most spiritual of all the early Methodist women. Quoted in Dyson, Methodism in the Leek Circuit.

Life of Venerable Hugh Bourne by Rev Jesse Ashworth (1888)

This was published as a shorter life of one of the founders of Primitive Methodism. It is an excellent and inspirational biography.

The Primitive Methodist Magazine extracts from 1820's (and other years if available)

History of the Primitive Methodist Connexion by Rev. H. B. Kendall (1888?)

Notes on a Primitive Methodist Sunday School Hymnal

Sketches of Methodist History in Leek and the Moorlands, 1753 to 1943 by J. W. Wardle

Fills in some gaps in the centenary book, but is briefer.

Methodism in the Moorlands by John Leach, 1987

Wesley Historical Society (Lancs and Cheshire branch) Occasional Paper no. 5

A New History of Methodism by Townsend, Workman and Eayres, 1909

The chapter on Primitive Methodism is now copied.


Minutes of a Quarterly Meeting of the Leek Primitive Methodist Circuit, 1862 (rtf). This is an interesting snapshot of Circuit life, 50 years after the Primitive Methodist Connexion was formed.

P.M.Missionary Society, Accounts of the African Fund, 1931 ; rtf. This is a copy to rtf for small file size of one large sheet.

Wetton by Alec Gilman, 1997 (known as "Alec Gilman's Wetton")

* Landmark Publications produce a number of books of general and historical interest. (Sample covers and list as at October 2001)

Various notes, journals and papers, and material kindly lent by local history groups.

Visitors to the village of Hollinsclough (about 6 miles south of Buxton) may like to visit the Methodist Bookroom. (This is a newer Church Hall opposite the Chapel.) There is a thriving local history group in the village. One of their publications is "Gerty's story", the life of Gerty Mellor, spanning most of the 20th century. They have produced various other items especially in connection with the 200th anniversary of the Chapel.

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June 2002